France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Transport in Bordeaux, France
A comfortable airport, an efficient train station served by fast TGV trains direct from Paris, and a useful tramway system make it easy to get around in Bordeaux.

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The city of Bordeaux has a large but un-busy airport (BOD), a large train station with fast TGV trains to and from Paris, and a useful tramway system (map).

Traveling between the airport, train station and city center at Place de la Bourse or Place des Quinconces is easy by tram and bus.

Aéroport de Bordeaux-Mérignac

Bordeaux's airport (BOD), 14 km (9 miles) southwest of the city center, is large, modern, and usually uncrowded. The useful airport website has an English version.

Private Airport Transfer

MyDriver by Sixt offers an excellent airport transfer service: book your transfer online, your driver meets you at the airport arrivals area holding a sign bearing your name, helps with your luggage, and drives you in a late-model German car or van to your destination. Four classes of service:

—Economy Class, BMW 2 series auto, up to 3 passengers and two suitcases

—Business Class, BMW 5 series auto, up to 3 passengers and two suitcases

—First Class, Mercedes-Benz S-class auto, up to 3 passengers and 3 suitcases

—Business Van, Mercedes-Benz V-class van, up to 5 passengers and 4 suitcases

These fares compare very well to taxi fares and spare you the confusion of having to find a taxi, pay the fare after your ride, calculate and pay a tip, etc. For MyDriver, you pay in advance online, and there are no additional charges for help with luggage, tip, etc. It's all taken care of.

If your flight is late, the driver will know, and plan accordingly. There is no surcharge for waiting time. If you must cancel, you may do so without penalty up to one hour before your scheduled pick-up time.

It's a great system, with luxury cars, all operated with German efficiency! Check fares here.

Airport Buses

The 30'Direct airport shuttle bus service (8) takes you from the airport's Arrivals Level of Terminal B nonstop to the Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean SNCF) at the city center every 30 to 60 minutes throughout the day. The ride takes about 30 minutes to the Gare (train station).

Tbc Liane 1 bus (see below) travels between the airport and the city center (Place des Quinconces). Though cheaper than the 30'Direct bus, it takes longer because it makes numerous stops along the way.

Gare de Bordeaux Saint-Jean SNCF

The Gare (SNCF), 2.3 km (1.5 miles) south of Place de la Bourse (map), is the place to go for intercity and international trains and buses. TGV trains whisk you to and from Paris and other European capitals, regional and local trains TER trains serve the cities and towns of Gironde and Aquitaine.

The Gare has numerous services such as shops and restaurants. Hotels are nearby, the Eurolines international bus office is across the street, and city buses and trams stop directly in front of the station.

Take TBM Tram C toward Gare de Blanquefort or Parc des Expositions/Stade Matmut Atlantique to go from the Gare de Bordeaux St-Jean (train station) to the city center at Place de la Bourse or Place des Quinconces.

Transports Bordeaux Métropole

Bordeaux's public transit system known as TBM (Transports Bordeaux Mtropole) will get you around the city comfortably and economically on three tram lines (A, B & C), and 80 city bus lines.

Fare tickets can be bought from machines at major stops (such as the Gare de Bordeaux St-Jean, which also has a transport agency office).

A single fare is 1.50. Use euro coins or a chip-and-PIN debit/credit card to pay for a card good for 1, 5 or 10 trips. One fare pays for one hour of travel, so you can transfer between tram and bus as necessary during the hour.

Although you can buy tickets on buses, you cannot buy them on trams. Buy your ticket before boarding the tram.

When you board the bus or tram, look for the yellow compositeur (validation) machine and insert your ticket to validate (composter) it for that ride. Failing to do so could result in an expensive fine.

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